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Even a low-quality kidney transplant better for patients than dialysis

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New research has shown that when it comes to getting a kidney transplant any kidney, even one considered “low-quality”, is better than remaining on dialysis, both from a medical and a cost-benefit point of view.

Across the world, up to 100,000 kidneys are transplanted every year, with 704 transplanted in Australia in 2019.

New analysis of kidney transplants has found accepting even a lower-quality kidney is better in the long run than remaining on dialysis.Credit:AP

All transplants have to be donor-matched to prevent potential rejection, but the kidneys are also graded on a scale depending on a number of factors including how old the donor was and what their health was like when they died.

This means that patients and doctors must have…



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